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Cultural Authority in the Age of WhitmanA Transatlantic Perspective$
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Gunter Leypoldt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635740

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.001.0001

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The Poet as Orphic Singer: Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Poet as Orphic Singer: Ralph Waldo Emerson

(p.72) (p.73) Chapter 3 The Poet as Orphic Singer: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Günter Leypoldt

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter takes a look at Ralph Waldo Emerson, who is considered as a poet-intellectual. It reveals that Emerson is believed to be the father of American's cultural independence, as well as the ambiguity of his relationship to Whitman's authority. The last section in the chapter explains how Emerson's concept of historical presence affected his vocabularies of legitimation.

Keywords:   Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet-intellectual, cultural independence, historical presence, vocabularies of legitimation

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